Newcastle Need To Finish This Season Strongly


Joey Barton has been in the news a lot this week.

Villa Park – where Newcastle were relegated in 2009

But of course when you make controversial statements to the press, that will always be the case, and we all know the sports journalists just love it.

Joey will take center stage tomorrow afternoon at Villa Park, when he will captain the Newcastle United side, and it’s only a short two years since Newcastle suffered relegation at the same venue.

Alan Pardew talked today about how he wants Newcastle to finish the season and Joey Barton comes up again:

“Not just at Newcastle but at every club it is about how you finish the season, and that you prove you are a team of winners.”

“It is about winning games when it isn’t just life or death and producing those winning performances. For me being manager of a club this size, we should be expecting to win every single game.”

“I want to see that reflected from every player, including Joey Barton.” “There are a lot of things that Joey will regret in his career.”  “There are some things he can draw experience from.”

“He’s in a better place to do that now. He has been helped in the background. That help has been reflected on the pitch in his behavior and the way he conducts himself.”

“What you must not forget about Joey is that he has talent.” “That’s what is answering the critics who have been at him in the past.” “He is playing well and has got his life in order – and long may it continue.”

“There is always a time in anybody’s career when you have to turn the page.” “It’s in the past, some people give forgiveness and move on, that happens in general life – the church encourage it and if they encourage it, that’s good enough for me.”

It’s fairly obvious that Joey Barton has been given some help these last couple of years, but it’s good that he’s taken it all in and become a better person from it.

And Joey has always been a very good player, and he’s proved that once again this season, in what is probably the best football league in the world at the moment.

It would be a high moment for Joey, if he can captain the side to a win against Villa tomorrow, and really pay back Newcastle fans back,  for the misery and pain of that 1-0 defeat,  just less than two years ago.

Come to think of it, that’s just exactly what the players should be trying to do tomorrow.

A win would be fantastic, and would make the Newcastle club safe this season in the league, and you cannot ask for much more than that – to accomplish the number one goal  for the season with still 6 games to play.

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6 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    I think we’re gonna do ’em tomorrow, I can just feel it. This squad is gonna want to make amends for that day in May, make no mistake. Joey’s probably gonna play the game of his life as well

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  • jimiley

    Apr 9, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Why do they need to finish strongly? I’d take 4th bottom now and talk of Europe is worrying. We lurch from relegation to Europe in one match. Crazy. There are half a dozen good teams and the rest are up for relegation depending upon injuries and luck. The Toon is one of them. Unless the fat man invests heavily in the summer (no talk of him going now because he knows a cash cow when he sees one) playing in Europe would take us right into the relegation mix. We play our reserves in domestic cups, so what is the point of asking our fans to travel to places like Latvia and Israel to watch our reserves plat crap team. All the top players would want to come to the Toon to play in Riga in front of 8 thousand wouldn’t they? It’s a mickey mouse cup which the premiership teams do not take seriously, there is not much money to be made for Cashley’s wallet and playing another 15 games or so all over Europe would crucify us in the league. Forget it. 4th bottom will do nicely.

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  • arfa chance

    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Why? Because the 7 odd places from 4th bottom to where We are at the moment is worth £800k a place. So around £5.4 million reasons why. That’s another tiote or Ben arfa give or take. No doubt there will be comments about ashley asset stripping the club. There is no evidence of this , but yes he is a rubbish owner.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 9, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think it’s right to tell the players to expect to win but if Pardew was referring only to himself with that comment above then it’s okay and I agree with him that with a club this size we should expect to win every game. These days after relegation we should take nothing for granted and try our hardest every time with no room for complacency. Once we secure our Premiership status and invest wisely should we perhaps expect to win every game. Players should be positive BUT with huge caution knowing what happens if we underestimate the opposition. It’s obvious to see that Pardew is trying his best to convince Joey Barton to a long term contract and promoting his England chances with all this hype surrounding him. I am liking Pardew and he has impressed me. I just hope he doesn’t let me down in the summer and he buys really well. We seriously need to invest wisely and of course aim for Europe now if we can! (jimiley). I would like to see us use more of our youngsters once we’re safe.

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  • Thump

    Apr 9, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #5

    jimiley, I don’t know what you’re taking but you’re talking a lot of sense lately – keep it up!

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    If we get to europe more top players will join us

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